The Crown of the Continent – Part 4

On our final day in the park, determined to see every corner of the map, we trekked across to the northwest side of the park to explore the town of Polebridge and Bowman Lake. But first, we finally nabbed a photo in front of one of the park’s entrance signs. I can’t wait to have a scrapbook full of photos of us in front of these signs. This trip has prompted us to visit at least one National Park every year for the rest of our lives. I really hope that goal sticks.

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DSCF1744The “town” of Polebridge is a popular stop for tourists because of a few shops, cute little cabins, and two cafes, namely the Polebridge Mercantile. From delicious Huckleberry Bear Claws to massive cinnamon rolls to savory pastries, this snack stop is a must.

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Crown of the Continent – Part 3

On our third day at Glacier National Park, we explored Two Medicine, a section of the park I had been dying to explore since the trip planning began nearly 2 years ago. Known for its great trails and amazing waterfalls, I knew that I couldn’t miss exploring this wonderful spot. Two Medicine is on the southeast side of the park and boasts one of the scariest roads that we drove on. Thanks to David for braving those narrow roads with no guard rails. FYI: All of the windy roads in this park are very slow going. Be prepared to spend a decent amount of time in the car. 

When we finally passed through the Two Medicine entrance we pulled off at the Running Eagle Falls Trailhead. A short 0.5 mile trail leads to a beautiful waterfall that magnificently cuts its way through a huge rock wall. The climber inside me was dying to scale the rocks to see the other side.

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After exploring until our hearts were content we headed to our destination for the day, the Two Medicine South Shore Trailhead.

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Carefree Day

Sometimes, I force myself to drop all responsibilities in order to take the time to enjoy a carefree day. When I was a kid, carefree days happened almost everyday. I grew up on a non-working farm, 50 acres of never-ending exploration. My brother and I frequently spent our days searching for frogs in the ponds, climbing and jumping between hay bales in the fields, pretending to drive all the equipment in the barn, and playing with our pet sheep, donkeys, and cats. Yeah, we had odd pets. Now that I’ve grown to adulthood, I relish those carefree days. I rarely get the chance to wake up with nothing planned for the day. A day purely filled with exploration, relaxation, playtime, education, and much more. Last weekend, I had that day. I laid around in the morning, played in the backyard with my puppy, and then headed to the park with my best friends for an adventure!

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Goodbye Fall

Last Saturday, autumn spat out one more glorious day as it hung onto the last vestiges of the season. Nearly everyone in our neck of the woods took the opportunity to spend their last full day outside without having to wear a puffy coat. Unfortunately, on Sunday, mother nature ushered in low temperatures and rain-filled clouds. Winter, we begrudgingly welcome you as we say goodbye to days spent bare foot, barbecues, and more than 12 hours of sunshine in a day. In order to properly say goodbye, we gladly joined the masses by spending the day outdoors. First up, raking…

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Falling Into Fall

I love fall weather. Lots of rain storms, breezy days, lovely temperatures, cool nights, leaves changing… it’s beautiful.

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The View from your Window

Whether you live in an apartment or a house, a condo or a fifth floor walk-up, chances are you have a window separating you from the outside world. Is your view of the street? Another house? A green, tree-shaded backyard? If you’re lucky, the beach or the mountains? My view showcases the street in front of my house situated among several houses of varying sizes.

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Hiking All Over the World

So far in my life I have been lucky to hike in some pretty amazing places.

When I was 18, my step dad and I attempted to hike the Yorkshire, England Three Peaks Walk which takes in the summits of Pen-y-ghent (2,276 feet), Whernside (2,415 feet) and Ingleborough (2,372 feet) all in one circular route. The walk is 24.5 miles long and takes in over 5,000 feet of climbing. Finishing in under 12 hours is a feat to boast and also admits you into membership of the Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club. My step dad, native of Yorkshire, is a member.

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